"Obama appears at the Democratic National Committee's fund-raiser at the Beverly Hilton next Wednesday, according to a Democratic source. Also on the bill will be Earth, Wind & Fire. The event will be Obama's first fund-raising swing through Hollywood since taking office. Hudson and Earth, Wind and Fire will appear at a $1,000-per-person reception ($2,500-per-person VIP seating), taking place before a $30,400-per-couple dinner with the president. The fund-raiser is expected to bring in more than $3 million, by some estimates, but it is taking place in a much different environment, what with the economy and donor fatigue."
This marks Obama's second trip to California as POTUS President and his first to the Hollywood. Organizers tell W&W's Ted Johnson that even in this economy donors are lining up to attend.
Hudson sang the National Anthem at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. J Hud is on tour now and performed in Oakland on Tuesday. A music critic at the San Jose Mercury News found the concert "short but sweet" and acknowledged Hudson was "still getting her concert legs ... after postponing a handful of shows, including one in Oakland, because of a throat condition. And, of course, she's still recovering from the murder of her mother, brother and nephew only seven months ago"